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The New York Credit Union Association announced Horizons Federal Credit Union as winner of the 2018 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award in the $50 million to $250 million asset size category. The award honors credit unions that strengthen local institutions and materially improve the lives of non-members through community outreach programs and will be presented to Horizons FCU President & CEO Mario DiFulvio at the 2018 NYCUA Annual Meeting and Convention in June.

Horizons FCU is being recognized for its Outstanding Students Program, which was created to recognize local students who excel in academics and leadership in and out of school. Students were selected by their teachers and received a certificate of excellence, tickets to a Binghamton Rumble Ponies minor league baseball game on Outstanding Students Night, and the chance to participate in the post-game parade. In addition to publicly recognizing the students for the success, the program also raised awareness about the financial education and youth products offered by the credit union.

This is the 12th time Horizons FCU has won the first place Dora Maxwell Award. Previous winning outreach efforts include the Family Fun Fridays Program, fundraising efforts for Relay for Life and the American Heart Association, a community art project, and the credit union’s work with the Binghamton Safe Streets Association.

“People helping people is the bedrock of the credit union movement and we fully believe in that at Horizons,” said DiFulvio. “Our mission has always been to provide excellent, friendly service to our members while also giving back to the community that has supported us since 1937, and we will continue to do so.”

Along with earning multiple Dora Maxwell Awards, Horizons FCU was named the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizen of the Year in 2008. The credit union has also won the Credit Union National Association Diamond Award for a Community Event and the United Way Chairman’s Award.

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